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Tell the story…

Tell the story…

The Birling Gap was the favourite route used by local smugglers to transport contraband inland from their boats on the beach. Based in the village of Jevington, Jevington Jigg’s gang stored their brandy in the Rectory and the inn. The notorious Stanton Gang was based in Alfriston at Market Cross House (now Ye Olde Smugglers Inne) and was only disbanded when leader Stanton Collins was transported to Australia for sheep rustling!

The Birling Gap Visitor Centre tells the story of the area from pre-historic man around 5,000 years ago, through modern warfare to the latest discoveries being made today.

Less than a mile from the Birling Gap visitor centre the award winning Beachy Head Brewery sits in the foothills of the Downs. Arrange a visit to see how the small, local team create their famous brew or enjoy a pint at many local venues. There are lots of great places to eat and drink nearby for walkers to enjoy a well-earned break and treat themselves to tasty local fare


"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."